06/13/2013 - 2013-2014 Textbook Price Lists for Possible Adoption in the Agreed-Upon Subject Areas. (No Recommendations were made because there were no Adoption Committees this year). See below for Grade Level and Subjects included on each list.
  1. Grades 9-12: Bedford Freeman and Worth - Business
  2. Grades 9-12: Pearson Health
  3. Grades 7-12: McGraw-Hill/Glencoe - Health, Mathematics and Business 
  4. Grades 7-12: Cengage - Business (and Productivity Software) 
  5. Grades K-8: Zaner-Bloser - Health Resources and Handwriting
  6. Grades K-6: Handwriting Without Tears - Handwriting
  7. Grades K-6: Universal Handwriting - Handwriting
  8. Grades K-4: Pearson - D'Nealian Handwriting
  9. Grades K-4: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Health and Handwriting?
05/03/2012 - 2012-2013 Textbook Adoption Recommendations - The lists below are the peer-recommended textbooks for the agreed-upon subject areas. Contact Christian Riso for more information at
  1. Secondary Literature and Language Arts Textbook Recommendations for the 2012-2013 School Year - Click Here
  2. Elementary Mathematics Textbook Recommendations for the 2012-2013 School Year

 Care for Creation Guide to Catholic Social Teaching / Sacred Scripture

Summer Reading Lists: The ELA Resource Guide is a great source of reading lists for students, sorted by grade level.

Professional Learning Communities

  • National Staff Development Council, Learning Communities has a comprehensive list of resources to explore.
  • Results Now by Mike Schmoker is an ASCD book. See Chapters 8 & 9 for excellent information.

Museum of DisABILITY History: is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. The Museum's exhibits, collections, archives and educational programs create awareness and a platform for dialogue and discovery. Lesson plans, supplemental activities, bibliographies, and additional teacher resources are now available for download in the Teacher Resources section of their website.

Free Resource: Thinkfinity: Are you or your teachers looking for a good resource for lesson plans, on-line courses, and other ways to increase student learning?  Go to and see the great variety of resources available.  The Verizon Foundation has developed this site for educators, students, parents and afterschool programs.

Free Videos On Demand from the Annenberg Channel

In addition to offering the Annenberg Channel, a free satellite channel for schools, colleges, libraries, public broadcasting stations, public access channels, and other non-commercial community agencies, Annenberg Media's Teacher Resources presents Free Videos On Demand documenting teacher-researchers putting innovative curriculum and instructional strategies in action. Browse through the selection of Teacher Resources.

Learning Disabilities Resource Kit
See the Learning Disabilities Resource Kit: Specific Learning Disabilities Determination Procedures and Responsiveness to Intervention.  This kit was developed to help schools and districts navigate changes related to specific learning disability (SLD) determination and responsiveness to intervention (RTI). Included in the kit is general information on SLD determination and RTI, tools for getting started, PowerPoint presentations, and resources for parents. The kit is available for download.

The National Council of Mathematics Teacher's website is full of excellent lessons and resources for teaching Math.  Check the Curriculum Focal Points for a clear, concise list of what NCTM considers to be the most important Mathematics topics for each grade level.  Click on Math Standards, then on Curriculum Focal Points to access the grade-level lists.

Teaching Tolerance - a wide range of articles, and free teaching materials is available through this site. 

The New York Times on the Web Learning Network has connections for teachers, parents, and children (grades 3 - 12).  Need a word for the day?  Find news summaries, test prep questions, and even have your students ask a question - answered by a NY Times writer.

Masters Of Disaster is the American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Curriculum.  You can find links to the response forms and American Red Cross curriculum materials with this link.

American Red Cross: Together We Prepare has links to help make disaster preparedness plans for families, homes, the workplace and schools.

Schools can access the workshop calendar at Erie 1 BOCES and clicking on Workshop Listing or Workshop Calendar. Click on Events and News, then Calendars and Events for a monthly claendar of workshops or click on Online Event Registration for a list of workshops.  Flyers for registration are found on individual workshop pages.

Science grades 5 - 6:  Schoolyard Geology originated in San Quentin State Prison, where Matthew d’Alessio, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Team in Menlo Park, California, taught geology to inmates. After discovering how the prison yard could become a geological field site, d’Alessio developed Schoolyard Geology, which explains how to conduct a geologic field trip in a schoolyard or backyard. Activities include mapping a schoolyard using USGS's The National Map, locating and identifying rocks, and learning geologic concepts such as glacial striations, layers, and sinkholes.

K-12 Curriculum Supplements From the National Institutes of Health

The NIH Office of Science Education is aligning its popular K–12 curriculum supplements to state standards in science, mathematics, language arts, and health. These materials are free to U.S. teachers.

The American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) Resources for Learning

This website contains a collection of activities, articles, evidence and analysis, and more for educators, families, students, and anyone interested in teaching or learning about science. Users can browse by topic—anthropology, astronomy, biology, Earth science, and paleontology >—and the collection is broken out by grade level, title, and type of resource as well. The site also offers special collections organized around themes like Antarctica, ocean life, and the dynamic Earth. Visit Resources for Learning.

Free for All from the U.S. Government

Various government agencies offer free programs, resources, lesson plans, and more. Find out what's new from the U.S. government.

Looking for information from one of the nine excellent Buffalo-area members of the Museum Education Consortium of Buffalo?  Their web site has links to each member's site.  Members are: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society,  Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Zoo, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, and Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium.

Teachers looking for ideas about teaching students (K - 12) about energy and energy conservation should go to the US Department of Energy's website.  There are many experiments and teaching ideas posted.  As always, the teacher is responsible for maintaining proper safety procedures in the classroom.

Any educator who has used ERIC as a reference tool should be interested to hear that AskERIC has a new name and address.  The service's parent organization the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) now has the Educator's Reference Desk up and running.  There are links to over 2,000 lesson plans.

A site for Science Education , BaP (Building a Presence for Science) is the largest networking initiative of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The award-winning program is designed to improve the teaching and learning of science from kindergarten through 12th grade.  It has links to STANYS (Science Teachers Association of New York State), mentor networks, and SED (State Education Department).  The BaP site is the place to visit to sign up as your school's Point of Contact, allowing you to receive Science information electronically from NSTA and your Key leader.  Please check to see that your school has a Point of Contact - if not, please sign up!

An excellent site for educators, families, and students, the Smithsonian Institution covers a wide variety of topics, including the Arts and Science.  Educators have access to: great teaching materials, links to hundreds of on-line resources, and the collections that the world's largest museum has to offer teachers and students.

Posted on the State Education Department website - Social Studies Instructional Strategies and Resources for Pre-K - 6th grade.  This resource contains a collection of standards-based instructional units developed by elementary and intermediate level teachers, keyed to the five social studies standards, concepts, themes, and skills and includes classroom activities, teacher aids, interdisciplinary connections and suggested documents and resources selected by NYS teachers.

The Boston Museum of Science has a great site for teachers, parents, and kids. You can tour the museum and have fun with some interactive displays, including building a robot and learning about Leonardo daVinci.  Go into the exhibits section for these displays.

ENC Focus is an electronic magazine.  Check this site regularly to see the topics of interest.

The American Museum of Natural History web page is an excellent place to get 'lost' in space or most any other type of Science.  Visit this site and find interactive projects, information on a large variety of disciplines in Science, and a multitude of other educational programs.  While surfing the AMNH site, I found the Aeronautics and Space Resource for Education - this NASA site is highly recommended!

A great source for ideas and information for teaching Math can be found at the Math Forum.  Teachers who have questions about specific Math concepts or who need ideas for projects will also enjoy this site.

Are you looking for a site that will help with a variety of lesson plans and that satisfies the New York State Standards?  Try this title 3 site.  Click on  lesson plans, type in the topic you want to teach, the grade level you are targeting and the subject.  You will get a list of lesson plans to choose from.

Scholastic has a site that is changed monthly.  It features lesson plans and reproducibles, professional resources and much more.   Some ideas are grade-level specific (pre K - 2, 3-5 and 6-8).  I would suggest that you check this excellent site at least once a month.  Pass this site on to your students and their parents - there are games and other items of interest for them too!

The site for Federal Resources for Educational Resources (FREE) has links to hundreds of educational resources for teachers and students.   For example, Students' Cloud Observations On-Line (under Science) allows teachers and students to submit cloud data.  Participating schools are listed on-line.

Looking for documents so that you can design DBQs for Social Studies?  The Social Studies section lists an anti-railroad propaganda poster along with a large variety of other sources.  All subject areas, including Physical Education and Foreign Languages are covered by FREE.

The Public Broadcasting Stations have a great source for teachers  giving interesting educational television shows for the coming week.  Listings are classified by subject, links to the shows' web sites are given and a short summary is available.  To access the PBS site, click on PBS TeacherSource.  Be sure to register on-line to get your own weekly e-mail update of the PBS educational listings.  Video taping rights are explained.  This is an excellent source of videos without using up your school's budget.   Also check the WNED TV booklet that your school should receive at the beginning of the school year for overnight feeds that you can tape for classroom use.

Arp Independent School District has designed a plan addressing guidelines for identifying, assessing and providing services for children with Attention Deficit Disorder.  What makes this site especially valuable is the list of instructional strategies and classroom interventions.  These are excellent guidelines for successful teaching of any child.

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